Arizona must ban texting while driving

Re: the Nov. 1 article “Trucker using Facebook at time of deadly crash.”

Arizona lawmakers should be ashamed for not passing a law banning cellphone use, along with texting, while driving. How many more innocent people have to die before we follow the lead of many other states and demand this ridiculous choice be totally eliminated while operating a vehicle.

Walking while chewing gum is one thing: Driving while having any distractions is pure insanity. A thank you to state Sen. Steve Farley for attempting to accomplish this apparent no-brainer. And to Senate President Andy Biggs, a question. What, pray tell, could possibly cause you to oppose this action?

Elizabeth Andersen-Loutzenheiser

Retired, Oro Valley

Breeders’ Cup deserved coverage

Is the Daily Star anti-horse racing? Where were the listings for the Breeders’ Cup? Which, by the way, started Nov. 1 and featured international contenders in every race.

J.K. Snow

Retired, Green Valley

Media are biased on Obamacare reporting

By and large the media coverage of the Obamacare rollout has been superficial and outright deplorable. Yes, there have been problems with the website, but where are the testimonials from people who have lived without health care? Even if it takes weeks, they will finally have the security of health insurance.

For a reporter with gold-plated coverage, the glitches seem horrific, but hardly for people needing insurance. Where are the statistics about the hundreds of thousands of Americans who won’t get coverage because their Republican governors refuse to accept the Medicaid expansion, let alone set up state health exchanges.

The latest media outrage is over people losing their junk health insurance, which basically covered nothing. The same people will get better coverage at better prices or with subsidies when they sign up for Obamacare. Please, let’s have real coverage of the complexity of the issue with all the relevant facts.

Joan Safier

Retired teacher, Tucson

Men, women have equal place in society

Re: the Oct. 12 letter to the editor “Dominant males are under attack.”

The letter writer says that dominant males are under attack. Dominance is exactly what has led humankind to wars and slavery. Leadership, on the other hand, is an ability equal to both men and women. When properly exercised, it can elevate a group of people to accomplish great things. A good educator, liberal or not, will nourish this ability in his or her students.

As a woman, I don’t want to live in a world where I’m dominated by any man but live in a world where men and women have their equal place in society, empowered to do the best they possibly can. Then, I will acknowledge a born leader.

Yeda Damerow

Retired, Tucson

What to do when Rosemont knocks

Just suppose a man named Rosemont knocks on your door one day and says you have a very valuable boulder in your yard that he would like to dig up. You ask for more details, and he says they will build a small road to the boulder, remove it and sell it to the highest bidder.

You ask two questions: “What will my share of the profit be?” and “How long will it take you to fill the hole back up?” Rosemont replies, “Sorry, but you will not share in the sale and we must move on and cannot take the time to fill in the hole.” You gently close the door.

Bettye Jo Preis

Writer, Green Valley

Voters share blame for divided government

Congressional Republicans sold their souls and their history for good governance to dark forces in exchange for the cooperation of a vocal minority within their own party. But that minority shows no signs of wanting to rebuild the party they themselves nearly destroyed.

As this demoralizing Faustian drama unfolds, we all must step back and think. It was we the public who, election after election, preferred divided government and voted into office those same zealots who have a poor concept of democracy and compromise.

Jim Gresham

Architect, Tucson

Install digital speed limit signs for I-10

Re: the Oct. 31 article “Dust alert on I-10 issued too late.”

I have traveled Interstate 10 between Tucson and Phoenix for 40 years, and it is virtually impossible to predict an immediate dust blackout directly in front of you.

You can, however, see dusty conditions as far as several miles ahead and proceed to slow down and anticipate a problem. This will more than likely irritate the driver behind you, particularly that 18-wheeler who has been traveling 3 feet from your rear bumper.

I’ll bet the fatalities in the recent “accident” were caused by the truckers. Unfortunately, one cannot legislate common sense. Remember the old rule of one car length for every 10 mph?

Instead of merely warning of dusty conditions, one suggestion would be digital speed limit signs reducing the limit from 75 to 55 or 45 mph during dangerous conditions. But then laws are only as good as those who obey them.

Ted Gemoets

Retired, Tucson